‘Birhen sa Simala’ arrives in Bohol

Published March 6, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Dandan A. Bantugan

Tagbilaran City – For the second time, the “Birhen sa Simala” arrived here Monday afternoon aboard a chartered vessel from Cebu and will be displayed at the Cogon Shrine from March 5 to 9, according to the chancery office of the Diocese of Tagbilaran,

The image was paraded through a motorcade from the pier to churches, including the St. Joseph’s Cathedral and Dauis Church, before it was be taken to the Cogon Shrine.

A Eucharistic celebration was officiated by Bishop Alberto S. Uy Monday evening at the shrine.

Various devotional activities will be held almost every hour in the next days until the image is brought back to Cebu.

Based on the image’s previous display in Bohol, church officials expect thousands of the Catholic faithful and devotees to troop to the Cogon Shrine during the five-day visit.

The Birhen sa Simala which has a permanent shrine in Sibonga town, Cebu, was first brought to Bohol in March 2015.